High Winds Derail Nearly 50 Railcars In Texas

FRIONA (June 18, 2013)—Winds produced by strong storms derailed 47 BNSF Railway cars between Friona and Summerfield in the Texas Panhandle.

BNSF spokesman Joe Faust said Tuesday that nobody was hurt in the derailment,

Faust says 47 cars that were empty or carrying freight derailed before dawn Monday and 42 ended up on their sides.

No cargo spilled from the 71-car train, which was traveling from Clovis, N.M., to Amarillo.

The National Weather Service in Lubbock estimated that winds were gusting at speeds as high as 100 miles per hour at the time of the derailment.

Forecaster John Lipe said sometimes the outflow from thunderstorms can produce such winds.

EF1 tornadoes carry winds from 86 to 110 miles per hour.

Fort Worth-based BNSF reopened the line around midnight Monday.

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